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Contact: Tessa Konen
Phone: 316.634.8812

Email: tkonen@heartspring.org

For Immediate Release

2013/06/10

Registration is now open for tenth annual PedalFest

WICHITA, Kan. - Registration is now open for Heartspring Pediatric Services’ tenth annual PedalFest bike ride sponsored by Meritrust Credit Union. PedalFest will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Heartspring’s campus between Rock and Webb on 29th Street, and will include a 50K, 100K and 5-mile family bike ride. All funds raised through PedalFest will go toward the Heartspring Pediatric Services’ Financial Assistance Program and give children the opportunity to receive the many therapies needed to succeed in life including physical, occupational and speech therapies, ABA analysis, cochlear implant mapping and psychological services.

“PedalFest has been a critical event for fundraising for Pediatric Services for the past 10 years.  Underprivileged and underinsured children from all over Kansas are able to access services for their children because of funds raised from this event,” Director of Heartspring Pediatric Services, Kim Becker said. “It is exciting to see the number of people who ride so our children can improve and be successful in everyday activities.”

In 2012, 299 riders participated in PedalFest and raised more than $24,000 for the children of Heartspring Pediatric Services. Monte Shaw, last year’s top fundraiser, expressed the importance of the event, “As a child I needed speech therapy, and thankfully, that helped me overcome my speech deficits. That is exactly the type of service that Pediatric Services provides, and many others. The fundraising we do for Pedalfest can make the difference for these families.”

To celebrate PedalFest’s tenth anniversary, Heartspring will host a post-ride celebration – Bikes, Beers & Burgers to thank sponsors, riders and families for their support in providing funds for children’s therapies. To sign up for PedalFest visit www.pedalfest.org and learn how you can ride, volunteer and raise funds to support the children of Heartspring. Every child deserves the chance to receive the therapies they need to help them grow, learn and play.

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